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Celebrating Bring a Book to Bed Day On February 28th

02/26/2015 10:46 am ET | Updated Apr 28, 2015

Seven years ago, I was living in New York and wanted a big change in my life. I had a few ideas -- I wanted to live somewhere new, I want to write and I wanted to have adventures. I had no idea how this was going to happen, but I did know I wanted to have a lot more fun. There wasn't a whole lot of fun in my life back then, but I was open to new ideas.

Then, I had a dream -- a sleeping, snoozing, catching some Zs dream about a holiday called Bring the Book to Bed Day! It was a dream and a holiday perfectly suited to me and a lot of people I knew, and I thought, why not? That's how bring Bring the Book to Bed Day was born. On the last Saturday in February for the last seven years, I and my friends, family and strangers around the world have been bringing a book to bed. I probably don't have to explain why I chose cold and dreary February to create a holiday where you spend the day reading in bed, do I?

This year the weather has been particularly conducive to reading in bed, so join us wherever you are in the world for Bring a Book to Bed Day. The holiday focuses on unwinding and slowing down, something in our rush-rush world we don't often do. Consider unplugging and curling up with a good book (or reading device, no judgments here) and having fun on Saturday, February 28th. There aren't any rules, really. You can read all day or for just five minutes, you can read alone or with the entire family -- and you can read one book or many books. In the past, I've helped raise money to buy books for kids through the great organization Donors choose.org. (It's an organization I support wholeheartedly and hope you will too because everyone need books, especially children and young adults.) I've also honored my first-grade teacher Sheila Hirschhorn Meyer, who taught me how to read many years ago. Reading is something I have always loved and I am happy to share this love with everyone. That's why our mission every year is to take time to slow down and read in bed. Also, there's no need to get out of your pajamas, another win on a wintery Saturday. Consider yourself invited and I hope you will all join us for this page-turning event.

Consider funding a book project, if you feel so moved at DonorsChoose.org.

And don't forget to tell us what you'll be reading in bed this year!